A coroner is urging airlines to carry defibrillators after a 47-year-old woman collapsed and died of an undiagnosed heart condition while on a Ryanair holiday flight.
Davina Tavener, who had two children, was travelling to the Spanish resort of Lanzarote with her husband, Andrew, when she fell ill about three hours into the journey, an inquest heard.
Mr Tavener became concerned for his wife after she did not return from the toilet. Members of the cabin crew opened the door to find Mrs Tavener had collapsed.
A consultant breast surgeon at the Royal Bolton hospital who was on the flight tried to help cabin crew and other passengers save her but they were unable to do so.
Airlines are not currently required to carry a defibrillator, which can shock the heart back into action after an arrest.
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